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Bill Cosby lawyers outline defense as case heads to trial

  • Bill Cosby smiles as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Bill Cosby smiles as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bill Cosby waves as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Bill Cosby waves as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to the media during a recess at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing for Bill Cosby, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

    Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to the media during a recess at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing for Bill Cosby, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report. (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Bill Cosby's lawyers have outlined the tough questions the accuser likely will face now that their client is heading to trial in a criminal sexual-assault case.

The lawyers in a suburban Philadelphia court on Tuesday asked why accuser Andrea Constand stayed in touch with Cosby in the year after the 2004 encounter.

They suggested that she was instead in a consensual relationship with the man she considered a "trusted" friend and mentor.

The questions are similar to those raised by a former prosecutor who declined to arrest Cosby a decade ago.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele believes there's new evidence to strengthen his case.

Cosby does not yet have a trial date. The 78-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

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